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From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

1. From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

After departing from central Salta, drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On the way, stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint to appreciate the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Arrive in the magical village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 m above sea level, be dazzled by the Salinas Grandes - a spectacular white salt plain which creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the salt plain taking in the breathtaking views.  Follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you will have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. Next, enjoy a 30-40 minute hike along the stunning Colorados trail which leads into the surrounding desert landscapes between the mountains. At the end of the tour, return to Salta on the bus where your tour will end.

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Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

2. Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. The tour commences as you travel to Purmamarca village which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th-century by the Omaguaca tribe who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels. Pause at the Tropic of Capricornio, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Enjoy a short visit to Humahuaca's town en route to the main destination - the 14 colours mountain of Hornocal. In Humahuaca you will switch from your van or bus and hop into a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle as you travel to Hornocal. Hornocal is part of the calcareous formation called Yacoraite that extends from the province of Salta, crossing the Quebrada de Humahuaca and then the Bolivian Altiplano to Peru. Upon your return, you will meet up with the rest of your group.

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From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

3. From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. Meet at the local partner’s office near the Plaza 9 de Julio de Salta. If you select the pick-up option, enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Salta. Drive to the Purmamarca village, which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels.  Pause at the Tropic of Capricorn, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Visit Humahuca and admire the multi-colored town and culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Salinas Granes, Purmamarca & Humahuaca Tour from Salta

4. Salinas Granes, Purmamarca & Humahuaca Tour from Salta

Head out into the beautiful landscapes of Jujuy Province on the first day of this 2-day tour. Admire views of the Quebrada del Toro gorge. Visit the museum in the small town of Santa Rosa de Tastil. Continue to Puna de Atacama for unrivaled views of the plateau's lunar landscape. Take a break for lunch in San Antonio de los Cobres (at your own expense), before the drive along Route 40. Be on the lookout for wildlife, including vicunas, llamas, foxes and condors. Take in views of the salt desert of Salinas Grandes en route to the Hill of 7 Colors in Purmamarca. On the second day, visit the Pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara. Enjoy a break for lunch and take some time to explore the town. On the way back to Salta, visit a chapel built 700 years ago and see magnificent paintings of the artistic tradition known as the Cusco School.

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From Jujuy: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

5. From Jujuy: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Meet your group at the meeting point in Jujuy. From there, take a ride to Purmamarca, a small town at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Then, discover Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter's Palette, a multicolored geological formation made up of stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues. Next, visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, notable for its historic church boasting paintings of gun-toting angels. Make your next stop at the Tropic of Cancer, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Head on to Humahuaca and admire the multicolored Quebrada de Humahuaca mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This mountainous gorge or "quebrada" runs for nearly 100 miles (155 kilometers) along the Grande River and up into Bolivia.

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From Salta: Full-Day Carnival Trip in Purmamarca & Tilcara

6. From Salta: Full-Day Carnival Trip in Purmamarca & Tilcara

Delight in a special tour to fully enjoy the Carnival in Humahuaca Gorge. Visit the towns with the nicest and most fun festivities, Purmamarca and Tilcara. Feel like one of the locals with the help of your bilingual, English and Spanish-speaking guide. After pickup at your hotel or at the meeting point, depending on the tour option selected, drive to the Humahuaca Gorge. While at Carnival, integrate yourself with the comparsas, dancing groups made up of local people and tourists from all over the world, and get free fake snow and a Carnival mask. In Purmamarca, visit the handicraft market and the Seven Color Mountain. In Tilcara, admire the town's dancing and singing, and get involved in the festivities. The special trip has limited seats of 27 per day. At the end of the day, either return to your hotel or the meeting point, depending on the tour option selected. 

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What people are saying about Purmamarca

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Amazing experience. The opportunity to see how the landscape changes from Salta Capital to Salinas Grandes is really great and everything went as expected. The only thing to mention is that Salinas Grandes itself is not as nice as we were expecting. The trip to get there is what really makes your day together with the guide’s explanation in order to understand why the landscape is as it is. Would certainly recommend this!

Excellent!! Both the guide Martín, and the driver Mauricio super attentive. They explain to you about the history and illustrious citizens of Salta / Jujuy, they explain to you about the topography of the territory and in turn they take you to multiple points to enjoy and take photos of the landscapes.

A passionate and knowledgeable guide made the trip. The salt flats are a phenomenon. We did pick up a couple of items from quality local craft outlets. The artist at the outside stand at yours highest point has some unique pieces. I regret not buying more

The trip was great. However they initially agreed to pick us up from hotel, they didn’t honor their agreement and we had to walk to the departure point. Try find a smaller group rather than a large bus load and you would probably enjoy it more.

Great activity led by Martin! The hike was beautiful although a bit too short, but still so beautiful!